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Friday, July 23, 2010

Thank you, Yesus

I cannot thank y'all enough for your help with Tonggu Grammy's quest for the lyrics to Jesus Loves Me in Amharic. You succeeded! I'm sharing them with y'all in case others wish to hear them as well, with a few pronunciation tips from the very kind Peter of Wycliffe.

Yesus əndä wäddädäñ
Kədus wängel näggäräñ
Yärsu nachäw tanashoch
Hayläm näw lädäkamoch

ənen yəwäddal
ənen yəwäddal
wängelu näggäräräñ

The vowels a, e, i, o, u are pronounced as in Spanish or Italian. The vowel ä is half-way between the vowels in "mutt" and "met," kind of, sort of. The vowel ə is pronounced like the second vowel in "roses," therefore not much of a vowel sound at all. The symbol ñ is like the sound in the Spanish word mañana: think "n" and "y" together. I won't try to distinguish the other non-English consonants, just go ahead and sing it all as if the consonants were English.

Hey, y'all. It's Tonggu Momma again.

If you failed Spanish in high school or just plain stink at languages (like yours truly), then might I also suggest listening to this You-Tube video of two children singing the song in English and Amharic. It's the only one we (being y'all) could find.


Aus said...

OK - the other thing cool in that video was watching the ASL. Ya know I'm about half deaf - and we used ASL to over come the 'lack of language' with toddlers (and yea - our adopted kids too in the beginning). Lack of language is a BIG part of what makes the 'terrible twos' so terrible!

Anyway - By watching the hand gestures you could see who was singing and signing in their native languages - the gestures become WAY more confident when the singers are using their native languages. Ergo - you can't 'think' in 3 languages at the same time! ;) (and I studied German and Latin in high school! Latin was cooler!)

hugs - aus and co.

Tonggu Grammy said...

Thank you so much to everyone for all your suggestions! As you can see 2 of them proved to be fruitful. Now I just have to learn it before Aug. 2nd.

prechrswife said...

Glad you found it!

Debbie said...

What a great video! And how wonderful are our blogging friends to always help!

kitchu said...

sheesh how cute are those girls?? and i loved hearing it (i'm bad at described pronunciation!). interesting that i am just now reading a book (Cutting For Stone) that takes place in Ethiopia. stunning book.